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Withholding votes will aid a bankrupt opposition

Pallo Jordan promo
1 day(s) ago

Only the really naive would argue that one supports a political party only if it has a spotless record, writes Z Pallo Jordan

Zuma may be remembered for plans, but no action

1 day(s) ago

If SA isn’t building the infrastructure it needs for economic growth, that’s certainly not for a lack of plans, committees, structures and spreadsheets, writes Hilary Joffe

SA needs to make up for slow start to year

1 day(s) ago

The second half of the year looks likely to be better as global economic growth gains momentum, writes Ntsakisi Maswanganyi

SABC shows ANC colours in run-up to elections

1 day(s) ago

One would expect a public broadcaster to bend over backwards to show its neutrality at a time such as this, writes Anton Harber

THE INSIDER: Soccer business course offers coaches leg up

1 day(s) ago

Soccer managers with an eye on coaching Bafana Bafana may want to strengthen their credentials

The 2014 election in 35 quotes

1 day(s) ago

Gareth van Onselen presents a series of quotes that speak to the overarching narrative that has defined the official election period


Previous columns


Railways giving women a chance in business

Thami Mazwai promo
2 day(s) ago

Five years from today we will see more women participating in the rail industry value chain on the basis of their competence, writes Thami Mazwai

VRROOM WITH A VIEW: New C-Class is regulation-proof

BEYOND REQUIREMENTS: Mercedes’s safety and fuel standards do more than the Eurocrats insist on.
2 day(s) ago

Mercedes shows it is possible to stay ahead of government ministers and their predilection for creating laws, writes Alexander Parker

Eat water rather than fizzy words

Penny Haw promo
2 day(s) ago

A group of students from the UK have developed a spherical membrane that they propose could replace plastic water bottles, writes Penny Haw

Neononsense from critics of liberalism nothing new

Leon Louw promo
2 day(s) ago

The degree to which the bastardisation of language serves ideological ends creates the illusion of a global conspiracy against language and liberty, writes Leon Louw

Mayambela’s transformation confounds sceptics in SA

Mninawa Ntloko promo
2 day(s) ago

Cynical snickers almost inevitable after it became public knowledge that SA football reject Mark Mayambela was desperately trying to facilitate a move to Sweden, writes Mninawa Ntloko

JAZZ: The Crypt and The Orbit

Gwen Ansell promo
2 day(s) ago

With April marking the first year of existence for The Crypt and the first month for Orbit, it is a good time to reflect on how both venues are faring, writes Gwen Ansell

THE INSIDER: Dlamini’s version of truth may not be crowd pleaser

Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHO
2 day(s) ago

With Cosatu president right behind Zuma’s behind, he may one day implore people to pray for Zuma

Publicising penalty options might restrain Russians

Gideon Rachman promo
2 day(s) ago

As the situation in eastern Ukraine gets ever more volatile, the West is still trying to figure out what to do, writes Gideon Rachman

LETTER FROM CAPE TOWN: Fishing quotas cannot be used as welfare

3 day(s) ago

There is a real danger of long-term damage being done to the sustainability of the line-fish industry, writes Dave Marrs

Cricket SA must be patient as disaffected seek to undo ICC coup

Picture: THINKSTOCK
3 day(s) ago

Seven of the 10 Test-playing nations, the most senior of which is SA, have been bullied into a corner by India, aided and abetted by England and Australia, writes Neil Manthorp

THE INSIDER: Minister’s clarion call for born-again road users

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: ARNOLD PRONTO
3 day(s) ago

Transport minister says road-safety campaign ‘resonates with the teachings bequeathed to us by our faith in Christ’

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: State management is a catastrophe

Peter Bruce promo
4 day(s) ago

What was once one of the world’s most financially muscular power generators has been run into the ground by the smug nonchalance of the ruling party for the past 20 years, writes Peter Bruce

Players transform rugby through craft rather than colour

Picture: THINKSTOCK
4 day(s) ago

At a time when the sports minister talks of transformation in a threatening tone, let’s talk about it as a good news story in our rugby, writes Mark Keohane

Weighing up the balance of forces in Cosatu

Aubrey Matshiqi promo
4 day(s) ago

Don’t assume the protagonists in Cosatu’s battle over Zwelinzima Vavi have buried their guns, writes Aubrey Matshiqi

ON WORK: Nine to five — a great way to make a living

Lucy Kellaway promo
4 day(s) ago

Lucy Kellaway: I have a radical solution to one of our most intractable problems at work: how to stop our jobs silting up our lives

CRUCIAL CD COLLECTION: Beck

4 day(s) ago

Beck Hansen appears to be more or less constantly on the verge of becoming one of the signature artists of the past 20 years, writes Richard Haslop

ON THE MONEY: Investor diversity on the JSE would aid capital raising for risky ventures

Stuart Theobald promo
4 day(s) ago

Treasury thinks private investors will make bad decisions if they invested without an asset manager, writes Stuart Theobald

Innovation in smartphones favours function over form

5 day(s) ago

Duncan Mcleod: Is there a new feature you’ve seen in the past year that has really wowed you into wanting a new phone?

Raising barriers to investment

Stephen Mulholland promo
5 day(s) ago

A lack of foreign direct investment is obviously a drag on Zimbabwe. Now the Zuma crowd are following suit, writes Stephen Mulholland

BAT’s risky strategy of smoke and mirrors

5 day(s) ago

Rob Rose: What has BAT done since it emerged that it might be involved in money laundering and corporate espionage?

Cosatu a basket case, but can ANC act as its shrink?

7 day(s) ago

It is great that the Congress of South African Trade Unions is getting some help, writes Natasha Marrian

THE INSIDER: Old Mutual turns back the digital clock

Picture: THINKSTOCK
7 day(s) ago

For fax sakes, the Insider cannot believe that in this digital decade major companies would still ask for faxed documentation

WINE: Twenty years of wine making

Michael Fridjhon promo
7 day(s) ago

Where the Cape wine industry is today is vastly better than where it was in the early 1990s, writes Michael Fridjhon

TECHNO FILE: Samsung’s Galaxy S5 deserves to get credit from iPhone snobs

Kevin O'Grady promo
2 day(s) ago

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is an excellent smartphone, packed with enough hi-tech wizardry to make one salivate, writes Kevin O’Grady

Africa beckons as Investec exits Australian scene

2 day(s) ago

Phakamisa Ndzamela: Investec has quit the banking scene in Australia. So what was a zebra doing in Australia in the first place?

Spoilt votes are blunt instrument of democracy

2 day(s) ago

Spoilt votes are a valid democratic option that do not do enough to make voices heard but blunt instrument is better than none at all, writes Steven Friedman

The DA and Mbeki: you be the judge

3 day(s) ago

Gareth van Onselen: Has the DA fairly portrayed Mbeki and his legacy? Or has it disingenuously painted a one-sided picture of the man?

SA needs to focus on purpose of its growth

3 day(s) ago

Rather than obsessing about being dethroned from first position in Africa, SA can reconsider the purpose of its growth, writes Zama Ndlovu

The poster boys of solar-geyser tenders

3 day(s) ago

Simon Lincoln Reader: Is this joint venture a worthy recipient of a tender worth nearly R500m?

Cutifani being diplomatic about Rustenburg mines

3 day(s) ago

Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani is clutching at straws with his comments on operations in Rustenburg, writes Bronwyn Nortje

ANC fights on against its worst enemy: business

Tony Leon promo
3 day(s) ago

The acquiescence of the National Planning Commission as its plan dies a slow death is strange, writes Tony Leon

Helen Zille’s own ‘Fight Back’ campaign

4 day(s) ago

Gareth van Onselen on the Democratic Alliance’s slide back into oppositional mode — and the price it will pay

A platinum producers’ cartel is not practical

Gavin Keeton
4 day(s) ago

Restricting supplies is not the answer to the platinum industry’s woes — costs must be brought under control, writes Gavin Keeton

Nigeria is better than cynics give it credit for

Dianna Games promo
4 day(s) ago

Nigeria does have a lot to celebrate, even if the road ahead is still a long and rocky one, writes Dianna Games

American subprime lending is back on the road

4 day(s) ago

In recent months, subprime lending has quietly staged a surprisingly powerful return, but not in relation to real estate, writes Gillian Tett

Bubbles have always been with us, and always will

Mark Barnes promo
4 day(s) ago

Are we headed for a bubble in the markets? The signs are surely there, writes Mark Barnes

IN THE MARKETS: We know little about markets and understand less

4 day(s) ago

Here is the reality we try to ignore: most of the time, we have no idea what is going on, writes Michel Pireu

ON THE WATER: Food insecurity data unpalatable

4 day(s) ago

Neels Blom: Only 3.6% of Gauteng households grow their own food — but what does it mean?

Non-native English speakers are creating new dialect of the language

Michael Skapinker promo
4 day(s) ago

Michael Skapinker: Are we witnessing the development of a new English dialect? Could we call it Eurish?

Sometimes it’s best to do nothing

Jeremy Thomas promo
5 day(s) ago

Jeremy Thomas: Four days removed from the clamour of news feeds, market tickers and analyst updates, and what do we see?

SARS conjures rabbit out of hat

Matthew Lester promo
5 day(s) ago

There are two major vulnerabilities in South Africa’s tax system, writes Matthew Lester

SIGNPOST: Networks dawdle on the data front

5 day(s) ago

Data consumption is one area in which buyers of smartphones go large, writes Arthur Goldstuck

GDP victory up north can only be good news for SA

Anthony Butler promo
7 day(s) ago

Our political class can now abandon the ‘mine is bigger than yours’ frame of mind that perceived economic superiority has engendered, writes Anthony Butler

Social expenditure tells more than size of GDP

Itumeleng Mahabane promo
7 day(s) ago

Itumeleng Mahabane: How well are we doing on social spending and the provision of general social services such as education and healthcare?

TWEET OF THE WEEK: Mbalula, Hitler and God

7 day(s) ago

When push comes to shove, that’s when the ANC can really open the taps — and out pours mystical garbage, writes Gareth van Onselen

IN THE MARKETS: No use complaining when Fed cuts off easy money

7 day(s) ago

It was always known that quantitative easing would be finite, writes Bronwyn Nortje

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